New Brazil-Bolivia bi-national dam: inventory studies to start in February of 2017

The Ministry of Mines and Energy plans to start in February 2017 the inventory studies of the binational hydroelectric project between Brazil and Bolivia, said the minister  Fernando Coelho Filho. The 3000 megawatt project is located near the border municipality of Guajará-Mirim (RO), in the Madeira River watershed, including the Beni and Mamore tributaries. Bolivia will export electricity to Brazil, since part of the production of this new dam plus other thermoelectric power plants would meet the country’s demand.

The  inventory studies should start in February of 2017, and last 18 months. During the ceremony for inauguration of the Jirau dam in the Madeira River, the consortia ESBR (Sustainable Energy of Brazil) and the Brazilian national agency for electricity Eletrobras signed a memorandum of understanding for technical and environmental cooperation for development of studies supporting the construction of this new dam. ESBR, Eletrobras and the Bolivian agency Ende will join efforts to develop the studies.

The estimated investment for this dam is around R$15 billion (around U$4.6 billion). For the Jirau dam, the estimated investment was  R$19.6 billion (U$5.6 billion).

 

The Madeira River is the longest tributary in the Amazon Basin and accounts for approximately15 percent of the Amazon River’s total discharge to the Atlantic. Photo: Luiz Claudio Marigo. Source: Amazon Waters: www.amazonwaters.org

The Madeira River is the longest tributary in the Amazon Basin and accounts for approximately15 percent of the Amazon River’s total discharge to the Atlantic. Photo: Luiz Claudio Marigo. Source: Amazon Waters: www.amazonwaters.org

 


Adapted from Valor Econômico, Brazil

Original post: http://www.valor.com.br/empresas/4810349/ministerio-preve-iniciar-inventario-de-usina-binacional-em-fevereiro

More information:

Amazon waters: http://amazonwaters.org/basins/great-sub-basins/madeira/

http://dams-info.org/pt/dams/view/binacional-madera/